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  • When you consider Canada, a plethora of iconic images come to mind. Perhaps foremost are its majestic mountains and emerald green lakes, but consider for a moment experiencing these beautiful vistas away from the bustling tourist trails and combining them with historic ‘gold rush’ locations, the ethereal display of the Northern Lights and an unimaginable array of wildlife. Canada’s Yukon territory is an unspoilt land of breath-taking proportion and a destination of unmistakable beauty.

    • Wind River

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    • Northern Lights on Dempster Highway

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    • Fall Colours, Kluane National Park

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    • Moose, Chilkat River Valley

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    • Kluane Lake

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    • Emerald Lake

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    • Klondike Kates, Dawson City

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    • Kayaking on Kusawa Lake

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    • Carcross Desert

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    Sitting in the northwest corner of Canada, adjacent to the US state of Alaska, Yukon is one of North America’s most impressive wilderness destinations. If you have an adventurer’s spirit, a love of nature and a passion for exploration, Yukon should be at the top of your holiday destination list. It is not a choice for the feint-hearted, but it is a voyage of discovery with very rich rewards.

    Without doubt, a self-drive itinerary achieves the most from any holiday to the Yukon, allowing you to combine scenic journeys along the legendary Alaska, Top of the World, Klondike and Dempster Highways with historic communities, cultural attractions and picture-postcard destinations. The Yukon can be visited year-round, although its remote location and harsh winters encourage all but the hardy to travel in the warmer months of May through September.

    The Wilderness is Waiting

    A staggering 80% of Yukon is pristine wilderness. It’s impressive that this Canadian territory is home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, as well as Kluane National Park which is one of the world’s largest non-polar icefields and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but these landmarks represent just the start of its overall attraction. Hiking and biking are everyday pursuits when exploring the iconic wilderness parks of Kluane, Tombstone, Herschel Island, Chilkoot, Ivvavik and Fishing Branch. The famous Alsek, Tatchenshini, Snake, Wind, Firth and Yukon Rivers in addition to countless crystal clear lakes provide for leisurely days kayaking, sailing or canoeing, not to mention some quite legendary fishing, believed by many to be the best in the world.

    Wild about Wildlife

    The statistics are quite staggering! Roughly the size of France, Yukon has a tiny population of just 34,000 people, the majority of whom are concentrated around the largest city of Whitehorse. Compare this to its non-human counterparts: 160,000 caribou, 70,000 moose, 22,000 mountain sheep, 7,000 grizzly bears, 10,000 black bears and over 250 species of birds, and it brings into perspective how sensational it is for wildlife watching. Home to three national parks, six territorial parks and four Canadian Heritage Rivers, Yukon’s unique geographic landscape and varied eco-systems allow its wildlife to thrive with little threat. All three North American bears: Black, Grizzly and Polar, reside in the Yukon, in fact this is the most stable Grizzly habitat in North America and home to 30% of the continents population. The thick crops of berries and seasonal salmon runs provide the perfect feeding preparation for their long winter hibernation.

    Join the Gold Rush

    Of course the Gold Rush is synonymous with the Yukon. It is embedded in its history and infuses every Yukoner’s life even today. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 drew settlers from across the continent, eager to enjoy the extravagances afforded by the golden bounty which had initially been found in Bonanza Creek near Dawson City in 1896. Today this authentic frontier town remains loyal to its historic routes, with its wild-west style store fronts painted in vivid hues, a plethora of heritage sites and multi-cultural attractions. Using Dawson City as a base, visitors can take a step back in time and try their luck gold-panning at Claim 33 (a fun way to discover just how difficult the easy looking process was!), before visiting Dredge No. 4 which showcases the transition from manual panning to machine searching. The gold rush inevitably created heroes and villains, winners and losers and a whole host of entertaining tales and fables which are still shared today.

    Natures Magical Show

    There are very few natural wonders which create the spine-tingling feeling and magical awe you encounter when witnessing aurora borealis. Also known as the Northern Lights, the dense dark night skies created by Yukon’s remote setting, provide the perfect conditions for some of the most dramatic undulating ribbons of green, blue and red light. Although dependent on weather conditions and cloud cover, the best chance of dramatic aurora viewing is between autumn and spring.

    Don’t Miss…

    Unless you have an infinite length of time to spend in the Yukon, it’s impossible to experience everything, so here are a few of our favourite things you might want to include in your itinerary:

    • White Pass and Yukon Route – This vintage rail journey follows tracks constructed in 1901 on a spell-binding adventure. Climbing almost 3,000 feet in just 20 miles and featuring cliff-hanging turns, historic tunnels and numerous bridges, it boasts views which simply cannot be witnessed any other way.
    • Carcross Desert – The smallest desert in the world at just 642 acres, 10,000 years ago this was the bottom of a large glacial lake! Carcross is home to Yukon’s oldest store as well as being the burial place of the three prospectors who started the Klondike Gold Rush.
    • Emerald Lake – Located just 35 minutes from Whitehorse, Emerald Lake’s shimmering turquoise waters draw visitors from across the world. Unsurprisingly the lake holds the accolade of Yukon’s most photographed natural feature.
    • Dog Sledding – A vital part of Yukon’s heritage and ultimately its survival, was the use of husky dogs for transportation. Today the tradition is kept alive by Yukon Quest, a gruelling two week, 1,000 mile annual race across the Yukon and Alaska. Muktuk Dog Kennels, home to over 60 dogs offers dog sled journeys in winter and dog walking tours in warmer months.
    • Diamond Tooth Gerties – Located in Dawson City, this old-west style gambling hall is absolutely bursting with character. Enjoy on-stage live acts and historic-style gaming which transport’s you back to a bygone era.
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  • Silver Trail Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: May to August

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Ferry crossing from Skagway to Haines
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Emerald Lake

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    • Panning For Gold

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    • Dawson City

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    • Dall Sheep, Kluane National Park

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    Day 01

    Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 02

    Whitehorse

    Today you have time to explore Yukon’s capital, and the pretty region which surrounds it. Why not visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve? A unique place, it features ten species of northern Canadian mammal. You may also choose to head down to the Yukon River for a kayak or canoe ride.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    110Mi/176Km

    Day 03

    Skagway

    Your journey begins with a drive along the South Klondike Highway, which connects the Yukon with Alaska. Also known as the Skagway to Carcross Road, the highway winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the frequently photographed Emerald Lake. Dating back to 1897, Skagway was a lively gold mining town with a booming population of 20,000. Today it is just 800, but has maintained many of its original charms from the gold rush days. Hotel:

    Hotel: Westmark Inn

    Day 04

    Haines

    Spend the morning in Skagway and explore the old town buildings before taking the afternoon ferry to Haines. Lasting around one hour, this journey offers a spectacularly scenic and relaxing ride along the Lynn Canal, a magnificent fjord. Located in the Valley of the Eagles, Haines is home to almost 4,000 American bald eagles who gather along the Chilkat River during autumn.

    Hotel: Hotel Halsingland

    147Mi/238Km

    Day 05

    Haines Junction

    The Haines Highway winds from Haines over the Chilkat Pass, which is its highest summit. Pass Klukshu, a native summer fishing camp offering great photo opportunities. Haines Junction, a picturesque mountain village, with quaint restaurants and bakeries, is considered the gateway to Kluane National Park.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    155Mi/250Km

    Day 06

    Kluane National Park

    Today is a day of adventure. Take the Haines Highway, which climbs from the Chilkat River Valley and skirts the boundaries of Tatshenini-Alesk Provincial Park in British Columbia before arriving at Kluane National Park. Part of the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness on earth, it is home to a myriad of wildlife. It’s also where you find Canada's highest peak and the world's largest non-polar icefields.

    Hotel: The Raven Hotel

    290Mi/467Km

    Day 07

    Tok

    This morning you drive north along the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. We suggest a stopover at Sheep Mountain to see the Dall sheep grazing on the slopes. Your journey continues along the famous Alaska Highway before arriving in Tok, which is often referred to as the Dog Mushing Capital of Alaska.

    Hotel: Cleft of the Rock Bed & Breakfast

    185Mi/297Km

    Day 08

    Dawson City

    The Top of the World Highway takes you through spectacular backcountry and gold mining areas. After crossing the Yukon River you arrive into Dawson City. The legendary Gold Rush of 1898 brought thousands of hopeful gold seekers to Dawson City. Now a National Historic Site, the city is reminiscent of a bygone era.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

    Day 09 Day 10

    Dawson City

    We’ve allowed two full days to explore the historical sights of Dawson City. Depending on your interests you might like to visit Dredge No 4, a giant gold digging machine or SS Keno, the last steamer ship to run the Yukon River from Whitehorse. The Grand Palace Theatre is home to the Gaslight Follies Show and there's Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, featuring gambling tables and can-can shows.

    Hotel: Aurora Inn

    333Mi/532Km

    Day 11

    Whitehorse

    Heading south, enjoy the raw beauty of the surrounding landscape. Stop at Five Finger Rapids and hike down to the shore of the Yukon River.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 12

    Journey home

    This morning take the short ride back to Whitehorse Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2059 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

    Whitehorse & Frances Lake Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    9 days / 8 nights

    Departures: June to September

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (ground or flight transfers can be arranged)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • All meals, boat transfers and activities at Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge
    • Frances Lake Shoreline

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    • Local Wildlife

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    • Frances Lake

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    • Whitehorse Visitor Centre

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    Day 01

    Arrive Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 02 Day 03

    Whitehorse

    Whitehorse is the largest city and capital of Canada’s Yukon territory. Located on the banks of the mighty Yukon River, as well as beautiful scenery there’s also plenty of history to explore. You may choose to take a day tour to Kluane National Park where you can hike and partake in wildlife watching, or to Carcross which boasts the smallest dessert in the world.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

    Today you travel along the scenic Alaskan Highway to Frances Lake where a 30 minute boat trip carries you to Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge. A comfortable but rustic resort of just five cosy cabins, this destination is all about the outdoor beauty and activities it affords. During your four night stay, try your hand at fishing for arctic grayling, canoeing the remote lake, wildlife viewing or hiking one of the well-marked trails. Visitors in September may also enjoy aurora viewing.

    Hotel: Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

    Day 08

    Whitehorse

    Following breakfast, you make the return journey to Whitehorse. This scenic journey takes you through the Yukon’s backcountry, renowned for wildlife spotting, so keep your eyes open for moose, eagles and bears en route.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 09

    Journey Home

    This morning take the short ride back to the airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2119 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

    Whitehorse & Tagish Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Whitehorse

    8 days / 7 nights

    Departures: June to September

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (ground or floatplane transfers can be arranged)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • All meals, boat transfers and kayak/canoe use at Tagish Wilderness Lodge

     

     

    • Tagish Wilderness Lodge

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    • Campfire by Tagish Lake

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    • Tagish Lake

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    • Whitehorse at night

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    • Whitehorse SS Klondlike

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    • Whitehorse Kayaking on Yukon River

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    Day 01

    Day 1 Arrive Whitehorse

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 02 Day 03

    Whitehorse

    Named the Wilderness City, Whitehorse is surrounded by rugged mountains and pristine lakes. You can hike or bike the vast network of trails, many of which follow the shores of the Yukon River. We suggest taking the short journey to visit the White Pass & Yukon railroad, which was constructed in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush and offers scenic day trips.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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    Tagish Wilderness Lodge

    Today, you travel along the scenic Alaska Highway to Jakes Corner, where a boat transfer takes you to Tagish Wilderness Lodge for a three night stay. Offering a spectacular backdrop, this remote lodge is nestled in the vast spruce forests and mountains of Tagish Plateau. Comprising a main building and just four log cabins, all offer wood-carved furnishings and a cosy stove. Optional activities include hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife watching and boat sightseeing trips.

    Hotel: Tagish Wilderness Lodge

    Day 07

    Whitehorse

    After breakfast, transfer back to Jakes Corner by boat to collect your rental car and make the return journey to Whitehorse. Spend the afternoon picking up last minute souvenirs, or try a canoe trip along the Yukon River.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 08

    Journey home

    This morning return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1885 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend. Additional car hire restrictions apply within the Yukon and Alaska, call for full details.

  • Discover Whitehorse & White Pass Yukon Railroad

    Whitehorse

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    • White Pass Railroad

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    Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the largest city in the territory as well as the Yukon capital, and is the base of this three night experience. Enjoy a city tour, offering a brief introduction to the local history, with highlights which include Old Log Church, Fish Ladder, SS Klondike and Miles Canyon Lookout. Travelling by motorcoach from the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse, it’s a scenic journey along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia, from where you board the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Railroad. A 28 mile rail journey descends into Skagway, Alaska, where there is opportunity to have lunch and stroll the historic town before making the journey back to Whitehorse.

    Duration: 4 Days

    Your Tour Includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Full day Whitehorse to Skagway tour, including White Pass rail excursion
    • 2 hour Whitehorse City tour
    • Accommodations as stated

    Day 1 Arrive Whitehorse

    Upon arrival in Whitehorse, transfer to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to explore Whitehorse.
    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 2 Whitehorse

    Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the largest city and capital of the Yukon territory. This morning you will join a city tour for an introduction to the history of Whitehorse. Highlights of the tour include Old Log Chrurch, SS Klondike, Miles Canyon and Log Skyscraper. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 3 Skagway

    Today, board a motor coach at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse for a trip along the scenic South Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC. Here, you will connect with the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. A 28 mile journey will take you over the White Pass Summit and into Skagway, Alaska. A two hour layover is included in Skagway to allow long enough to shop, have lunch or even wander around the historic town. You will then re-board your motor coach for the trip from Skagway back to Whitehorse.
    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

    Day 4 Depart Whitehorse

    This morning you will check out of your hotel and depart Whitehorse.

    Prices

    From £384 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms.

    Yukon River Canoe Adventure

    Whitehorse

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    • Canoe Adventure

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    This eight day Yukon River canoe trip retraces part of the Klondike Gold Rush route of 1898. The first and last nights are at a hotel in Whitehorse, with the intervening five nights under canvas. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you do not have to be an expert paddler to enjoy a trip down the Yukon River. Thanks to its steady current, realistic daily goals are easily reached allowing ample opportunity to explore the gold rush relics on the way. More than history thrives along this river, so be sure to watch the shores for wolves, moose and bears, the waters for beaver, otters, muskrats and arctic grayling and look at the skies for bald eagles, falcons and hawks.

    Begins and ends in Whitehorse

    8 Days/7 Nights

    Departures:June, July and August

    Your Tour Includes:

    • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel
    • 5 nights during canoeing in 2 person tents
    • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages during canoeing
    • Canoe equipment
    • Camping equipment except for sleeping bag & sleeping pad
    • Emergency equipment
    • Experienced and licensed guide

    Day 1 Arrive Whitehorse

    Upon arrival at Whitehorse, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. In the evening, your guide will meet you and explain the details for canoeing the Yukon River. The guide will also advise and assist you with packing your dry bags.

    Day 2 Lake Laberge

    This morning you will be driven to Deep Creek at the shore of Lake Laberge, where your canoe adventure starts. After lunch, paddle along the northern part of Lake Laberge and upon arrival at the first camp site on the shore, you will make camp and prepare dinner.

    Day 3 to 6 Canoeing the Yukon River

    You will have an early start today and after breakfast you will get ready to start the journey down the Yukon River. En route you will stop at the many historic sites lining the river bank. The steady currents of the river will take you through deep impenetrable brush and forest, where with some luck you may spot moose, bears, lynx or wolves. You will often catch sight of beavers and bald eagles along the river. During the trip, you will have the opportunity to hike some of the Yukon backcountry, which will enable you to get a good impression of the Yukon wilderness.

    Day 7 Whitehorse

    Late in the morning, you will arrive in Carmacks, where your canoeing trip comes to an end. From here, you will be transferred back to Whitehorse, where you can enjoy a hot shower and hearty meal in one of the many restaurants. The evening is yours at leisure.

    Day 8 Depart Whitehorse

    Today, your tour will end with a transfer back to the airport.

    Prices

    From £1315 per person based on twin occupancy

    Kluane National Park

    Whitehorse

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    • Kluane National Park

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    This full day tour departs early morning from Whitehorse to Kluane National Park. The National Park is a natural treasure which leaves visitors awe inspired by its beauty. It includes Canada's tallest mountain, Mount Logan (5,959m) of the St Elias Mountains. Glaciers and mountains dominate the park's landscape, covering 82% of its area. The park is also home to a wide variety of plants, birds and other wildlife, such as bears, moose and wolves. Lunch is included on the tour.

     

    Prices

    From £220 per adult (16+), £165 per child (15 years and under)

    Muktuk Husky Adventure

    Whitehorse

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    • Muktuk Husky Adventure

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    Muktuk Adventures welcomes guests of all ages and interests to share an authentic Yukon experience. If you’ve ever dreamt of sledding across a frozen river topped with untouched snow on a perfectly clear winter day, Muktuk Adventures can turn that dream into reality. The Takhini Valley has a profound effect on the human soul. Surrounded by low-lying mountain ranges where the only sound you hear is your dog team, running at a modest pace as they love to do, and perhaps the call of an eagle or a raven nearby. Located twenty minutes from Whitehorse, choose from a three, four or seven night package staying at the pretty guest ranch, or one of the day trip options. Mushing activities are available November to April, whilst the snow sustains the activity. Between May and September, day tours with the dogs, hiking, canoeing and horse riding are available, whilst dog training runs and hiking are on the calendar during September and October.

    Full day dog sledding

    Duration: 6.5 Hours

    Includes lunch on the trail and transportation to and from Whitehorse.

    Cheechako Winter

    Duration: 4 days

    Includes 1/2 day dog sledding, 1/2 day snow shoeing and ice fishing
    (mid Nov-March), 1/2 day either horse back ride or snowmobile ride, all meals, transport and accommodation

    Rookie Lodge 

    Duration: 7 days

    Experience the Yukon winter on the runners of your own dog team. Learn what it takes to be a musher and on an evening, get a chance to see the northern lights from the lodge. All meals, transportation and accommodation is included.

    Follow the Yukon Quest

    Duration: 14 days

    Shadow the greatest mushers to find out first-hand what it takes to compete in the most demanding wilderness race. You will witness the rigor of a checkpoint, marvel at the bond between dog team and musher and feel the thrill of the Yukon Quest.

    Prices

    Full day dog sledding

    From £195 per person.

    Cheechako Winter

    From £770 per person.

    Rookie Lodge 

    From £1225 per person.

    Follow the Yukon Quest

    From £2580 per person.

     

     

    Whitehorse City Tour

    Whitehorse

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    • Whitehorse SS Klondlike

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    • Whitehorse at night

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    • Whitehorse Street Entertainment

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    This 2 hour tour features a brief introduction to the local history of Whitehorse, including stops at SS Klondike, Shipyard's Park, Old Log Church and Log Skyscraper, Fish Ladder and the Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    From £27 per adult, £14 per child (4-12 years)

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